Wissenschaft und Vertrauen – In Zeichen der Unsicherheit

Wednesday, 15. October 2003 | 15:45 Uhr


Kathinka Evers


University of Uppsala, Sweden


We not only live in a world of science and technology, we are completely dependent on science and technology and are not capable of survival without them. It is not enough that this sense of dependence at times takes on threatening dimensions. Progress takes us a step further with its accompanying risks, which in some cases cannot even be estimated. A further source of insecurity is the fact that the experts are often at loggerheads. “Who can we trust?“ “How can we win and justify trust?“ This is a major challenge facing science and society.

Kathinka Evers

Kathinka Evers (*1960) studied at the University of Lund and completed her studies in 1991 with a Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.). In 1995 Associate Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford University. In 1996 Department of Philosophy and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, Colchester.


Since 1997 extraordinary Professor and Research Director of the Department of Ethics in Biomedicine at the University of Uppsala. From 1997 to 2002 Executive Director for the Standing Committee on Responsibility and Ethics in Science (SCRES), the International Council for Science (ICSU). http://www.icsu.org. 1999: Visiting Professor at the University of Tasmania, Hobart. 2002 Visiting Professor on the Chair Condorcet at École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Coordinator for ENS’ new initiative of cross-disciplinary Ateliers Ethiques discussing ethics in the context of scientific research. Extensive scientific network developed with ENS, CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique), and Euroscience. Multidisciplinary research experience and Organizer and speaker at national/international scientific conferences.

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